These custodians have impressed with their performances between the sticks.
The Indian Super League (ISL) has completed seven editions since its launch in 2014. The competition has seen some incredible attacking talents play for their respective clubs. Several experienced foreign players alongside domestic figures have scored a lot of goals across all the editions. However, on numerous occasions, the goalkeepers have also come to the fore. Since every opposition has incredible attacking options, it is not an easy task to earn clean-sheets in ISL matches.
Despite this, Indian goalkeepers have held their own as clubs prefer to utilize the foreign quota on outfield players. On that note, here is Khel Now’s look at the five shot-stoppers who have the most clean-sheets in the ISL:
5. TP Rehenesh – 23 clean-sheets
TP Rehenesh has recorded 23 clean-sheets in 81 overall appearances in the ISL. The custodian played for Jamshedpur FC in ISL 2020-21, which was an impressive season for him. The 28-year-old moved base to the Men of Steel from Kerala Blasters last summer, in hope of playing more regularly.
The former NorthEast United star recorded nine clean-sheets during the 2020-21 season. His contract with the Men of Steel expires on May 31, 2021. It will be interesting to see if the club retain the player, who is undoubtedly one of the best Indian goalkeepers around.
4. Subrata Paul – 28 clean-sheets
Subrata Paul is a veteran in Indian football. He has featured heavily in both the I-League and Indian Super League. Some of the teams that he has represented include Salgaocar FC, Mumbai City FC, Jamshedpur FC, Hyderabad FC and NorthEast United. The custodian played for SC East Bengal during the 2020-21 season after moving from HFC on loan.
Paul has played 95 games in the ISL and is joint-top with Amrinder Singh in terms of the most appearances by a goalkeeper in the league. The 34-year-old has recorded 28 clean-sheets and will continue to add more to his tally.
3. Amrinder Singh – 29 clean-sheets
Amrinder Singh has recorded one more clean-sheet than Subrata Paul and they have both played 95 games in the league. The Mumbai City FC skipper was crucial in helping the club secure their maiden ISL title last season. He kept 10 clean-sheets in 23 games, as many as Arindam Bhattacharya for ATKMB.
The Indian international won the golden glove previously in the 2016 season, where he had five shutouts in merely six games. The 27-year-old has also featured for teams like Bengaluru FC, Atletico de Kolkata and Pune FC among others in Indian football. Undoubtedly, he will look to add to his 29 clean sheets in the upcoming editions.
2. Arindam Bhattacharya – 29 clean-sheets
Arindam Bhattacharya is another one of India’s most talented goalkeepers. The custodian played for finalists ATK Mohun Bagan in ISL 2020-21. The former FC Pune City player has also represented teams like Mumbai City and Bengaluru FC.
The 31-year-old has the same number of clean-sheets (29) as Amrinder. However, he has taken just 79 appearances to reach the landmark. The competition is neck-and-neck and he will also look forward to adding to his numbers next term.
1. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu – 29 clean-sheets
Bengaluru FC’s Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is the all-time leading player with the most number of clean-sheets. He also has 29 clean-sheets in the competition, but from only 77 appearances. The Indian national team’s first-choice goalkeeper signed for BFC back in August 2017.
The custodian is the only Indian player to feature in the UEFA Europa League, when he played for Norwegian outfit Stabaek FC. The 29-year-old won the Golden Glove during the 2019-20 ISL campaign after registering 11 shutouts in 19 matches. However, the last season was uncharacteristic for Sandhu, AS he managed to add just four more clean-sheets to his tally.